As School Governors at St Peter's C.E. Primary School we bring perspectives and experience from our life and work. Our task is to strive for excellence in the care and education of all children at the school. All School Governors volunteer their time to work in partnership with the Headteacher. Together we oversee the strategic development of the school with a common goal: to provide a high standard of education for all pupils, whatever their ability and needs. Let us introduce ourselves:
Andrew Robinson – Chair of Governors [Foundation]: I have been a governor of St Peter's CE Primary School since being elected a parent governor and accepted into the full governing body in March 2011. Since then I have been proud to stand and represent the school during my time as a governor, bringing my challenging skills and guidance to the governing body and its sub-committees. In November 2013 I was elected vice-chair for an initial two-year term of office and was re-elected in November 2015 for a further four- year term. Both of my children attended St Peter's from reception. My family and I are regular church attendees at Darwen Central United Reformed Church where I am both a church member and member of the Manse committee. With my faith commitments I am able to bring and share Christian ethos complementing those of St Peter's school. Employed as a Managing Estimator for a local construction and civil engineering business, I share my technical skills, knowledge and have extensive experience of the industry, actively contributing to the sub-committees; notably Buildings, Finance and with general Health & Safety matters within school. My passion for the development and learning of the young people of St Peter's and other local schools is evident with my voluntary “Construction Ambassador” work which I undertake; attending school career events or undertaking class talks with pupils on STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), sharing my knowledge and life experiences.
Christine Waring Vice-Chair of Governors [Local Authority]: I am retired and have been a Local Authority Governor since 2012. I bring a range of academic and business experience to the Governor's role, having been a lecturer and academic manager for 30 years and then a consultant for an academic IT development company for 8 years. I have a wide ranging experience of policy development and implementation; of organisational processes and how to make them more effective. I am deeply interested in the management of change and specifically how St Peter's engages with all the necessary changes to curriculum, and assesses the quality of their implementation.
Rev Canon Fleur Green - (Foundation): I have been vicar of St. Peter's Church for nearly five years and have been a governor at school for the same length of time. For the past two years I was the Chair of Governors and have found that I have learnt a lot about how the school runs. It is always a pleasure to come into school and see the pupils and meet with the teachers as there is always something happening in school. I like both dogs and cats - mine are often talked about in worship, although they don't make a personal appearance! I love chocolate and cakes, especially chocolate cake and my faith is something that is very important to me and I hope I can impart that love I have for God to others in school and at church.
David Wylie [Foundation]: I have been a Foundation Governor at St Peter's since September 2011. I am married and have two daughters - one currently at St Peter's in year 4 and the other a past pupil who moved on to secondary school in 2013. Myself and my family are regular worshippers at St Peter's Church and have been since we moved into the locality in 2007. Professionally I am employed by Bootstrap Enterprises - a local company with various interests in local community development and social enterprise initiatives. My role within this company is as a Contract Manager with responsibility for the effective delivery of the government's Work Programme across the six borough's of East Lancashire. Through my employment I am well accustomed to intensive levels of scrutiny and monitoring from the Department for Work and Pensions, national and local government departments and Ofsted. These are clearly skills which transfer into the role of day to day governance of a primary school. I remain committed to supporting both the staff and pupils of the school to deliver and benefit from a high quality primary education.
Mrs. V. Weddle [Staff]:
I joined the St Peter’s CE Primary School team in January 2005 as a classteacher and became staff governor as Deputy Headteacher in 2010. In 2014 I became Headteacher and therefore took on a more significant role on the board of Governors. It is my responsibility to communicate on all areas of school life and performance to the governors, both in a formal manner at meetings, and in a more informal way on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Prior to qualifying as a teacher in 2004, I had been involved in a local nursery in an office based role (as well as volunteering with the children). During this time, I was responsible for the nursery accounts and HR. During a period of change in the nursery, I applied for and was successful in a bid for £250,000 of Lottery funding to re-site the nursery in a new building and subsequently project managed the build.
I have also had retail management experience with Marks and Spencer PLC following my graduation in 1988 from Brunel University with a degree in Materials Science and Management.
Miss S.J. Thomas [Staff]: Three years ago, in 2015, I was appointed as the staff governor of St Peter's and accepted into the full governing body. Since I have been a active member of the committees held, attending meetings on a regular basis in the hope of driving our school forward to becoming the best it can be. As the current Year 6 teacher and SENDCo within school, I strive to create a learning environment where every child can learn and be happy; preparing each and every individual for the their future, trying to inspire whatever their hopes and dreams may be. This being something I personally feel we do amazingly here at St Peter's. In my six years as part of the St Peter's family, it has been fantastic to see the positive impact that the governing body has upon not just our children and staff, but the families and wider community too. I look forward to continuing to work with all members of the St Peter's family, in order to build upon the achievements for each and every child within our school.
Laura Duncan [Parent]: Children spend over 40% of their average week at school; I believe that it is our role as parents to help support our children, their teachers and school in making this time as productive as possible, both in terms of educational and personal development, through a safe, structured and fun learning environment, my decision to run for the post of Parent Governor was a clear way to further enhance my involvement not only in my own child’s development but also for every child in the school. Our eldest daughter Holly, is currently in Year 2 (Beech Class) and in September 2017 it is our hope that our youngest daughter Beth will also join the St. Peters Family.
Currently I work in marketing and product development in a local manufacturing business. Within this role I have to make financial based decisions on a daily basis to maximise profit and return whilst driving strategic direction. I have extensive knowledge of setting and managing budgets and in managing costs down, whilst maintaining the high standards which the company is founded upon. This is a skill set that I have developed over 10 years and which I now utilise to further enhance and support the St. Peters team, through sub-committees.
As a family we are all members of St Peters church, and the links between the church and school help us all to share Christian Ethos in our everyday lives. I really enjoy being a governor, and part of the St Peters family and am proud of the hard work and commitment of everyone in the school to continually develop and improve the school for the benefit of the children who attend.
Joanna Fielding [Foundation]: Over the years St. Peter's School has woven in and out of my Families life. My Son Nick started in Reception class almost 30 years ago . My three Grandchildren Evan, Brody and Minnie have been and are currently pupils attending this wonderful school. Edie will hopefully be joining in a few years time. My Family have been extremely fortunate to be nurtured at St Peter's with Christian teachings, values, morals and ethos.
As a Foundation Governor I hope to give something back to school, drawing on my life and work experiences. For thirteen years I worked as an Adult Placement Carer for Adults with Learning Difficulties which I thoroughly enjoyed . The most exciting project and experience was setting up a business with my late husband Allan, who was a fantastic artist and teacher. We owned and ran a private art school - the Valley Art Centre in Darwen .
Emma Jefferson [Foundation]: I am married with two children. I attend St Peter's church and I am on the PCC there. I strongly believe in Christian values and feel children should be taught about love, honesty and kindness as part of their daily education. I am a working mother and a professional. I have been a midwife for the last ten years, which I love. I am educated to degree level and I am almost at the end of a masters degree in Midwifery and Women's Health.
I hope that my wide range of knowledge and skills will help towards making positive decisions and change to St Peter's school in order for our children to gain the best education and start to their journey in life.
Ryan Wallace [Parent Governor] This is my first year as a parent governor. I have 2 children currently at St Peter's with a third due to start in 2019. I took the opportunity to get involved with St Peter's as a Governor as I believe that in supporting the school, we are supporting our children in their formative years. Our children are our future and we need to give them all the assistance we can so they can grow up to be successful, healthy, but most of all, happy!
I work as a CAD manager for a large construction company and meet many challenges in my working life. I have been involved in many large construction projects such as schools and hospitals and it is my hope that I can bring some of my experience to the Governor role.
I have lived in Darwen all my life and attended St Peters myself. It would be very rewarding If I could do my part to help give the next generation some of the wonderful memories I have of the school and St Peter's Church.